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It comes from a passage in "The Cleanest Race" by B.R. Myers[1], which I recommend as a lens into the internal effects of North Korea's propaganda

>"One colleague told me he finds the North Korean personality cult too absurd to take seriously; indeed, he doubts whether even the leadership believes it. But no regime would go to such enormous expense, year in, year out for sixty years, to inculcate into its citizens a worldview to which it did not itself subscribe. (The only institution in the country that did not miss a beat during the famine of the mid-1990s was the propaganda apparatus.”

There was another book on North Korea which corroborated this statement with actual numbers; I'm having trouble pulling it up at the moment.

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Cleanest-Race-Koreans-Themselves-Matt...




http://fortune.com/2017/12/27/world-richest-trillion-dollars... On average every ten of these 500 people are adding whole GDP of North Korea into their pocket. There must be a lot of social engineering to control this wealth flow.


That's more a statement of just how backwards North Korea is in an increasingly prosperous world in which the median standard of living is at an all-time high and continues to rise by the year, famines are between extremely rare and non-existent, and global poverty is at an all-time low. It looks increasingly like North Korea may be among the very last of the failed state hold-outs. Even Cuba looks like it's set to change considerably for the better in the coming years.


> "But no regime would go to such enormous expense, year in, year out for sixty years, to inculcate into its citizens a worldview to which it did not itself subscribe."

That seems like an odd and unsubstantiated assertion.




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